Salinas Union High School District elections (2013)

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2013 Salinas Union High School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Salinas Union High School District
Monterey County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Four seats on the School Board for Salinas Union High Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Phillip G. Tabera defeated Levi E. Ibarra for the Trustee Area 3 seat, while Eva Marie Martinez defeated Meredith Ibarra and Kimberly Morales for the Trustee Area 5 seat. Lila Cann defeated two candidates for the Trustee Area 7 seat and the Trustee Area 2 race was canceled after no candidates filed for the election.

About the district

Salinas Union High School District is located in Monterey County, California
Salinas Union High School District is located in Monterey County in salinas, California. It is located in the 20th largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Salinas is home to 150,441 residents.[1]

Demographics

Salinas underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011 as well as median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.1% of Salinas residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in Salinas was $50,808 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Lynwood was 20.8% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Salinas (%) California (%)
White 45.8 57.6
Black or African American 2.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 6.2 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.4
Two or More Races 5.0 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 74.9 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 87,040 51.73
Republican 40,721 24.20
American Independent 392 0.23
Libertarian 852 0.51
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 1,129 0.67
Americans Elect 12 0.01
Other 241 0.14

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]

Method of board member selection

Salinas Union High School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent one of seven geographic areas of the district. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members, but no more than four are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Trustee Area 3
Trustee Area 5
Trustee Area 7

The Trustee Area 2 race has been canceled.

Election results

On November 5, 2013 Phillip G. Tabera, Lila Cann and Eva Marie Martinez were elected to the Salinas Union High School District Board of Education. No candidates filed seeking election for the Trustee Area 2 seat.

Salinas Union High School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 3 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip G. Tabera 59.8% 744
     Nonpartisan Levi E. Ibarra 40.2% 501
Total Votes 1,245
Source: http://www.montereycountyelections.us/Election%20Result.htm Monterey County Elections, "COUNTY OF MONTEREY CITY / SCHOOL / SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTION" accessed December 13, 2013
Salinas Union High School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 5 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEva Marie Martinez 63% 1,101
     Nonpartisan Kimberly Morales 25% 437
     Nonpartisan Meredith Ibarra 12% 210
Total Votes 1,748
Source: http://www.montereycountyelections.us/Election%20Result.htm Monterey County Elections, "COUNTY OF MONTEREY CITY / SCHOOL / SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTION" accessed December 13, 2013
Salinas Union High School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 7 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLila Cann 56% 3,358
     Nonpartisan Fernando R. Elizondo 27.3% 1,639
     Nonpartisan Caroline C. Kenney 16.6% 996
Total Votes 5,993
Source: http://www.montereycountyelections.us/Election%20Result.htm Monterey County Elections, "COUNTY OF MONTEREY CITY / SCHOOL / SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTION" accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

Candidates received a total of $63,079.27 in contributions and spent a total of $50,743.25 in expenditures according to the Monterey County Elections Commission.[6]

In the Trustee Area 1 race, candidates received a total of $10,449.00 in contributions and spent a total of $7,036.17.

In the Trustee Area 5 race, candidates received a total of $14,044 in contributions and spent a total of $1,094.

In the Trustee Area 7 race, candidates received a total of $38,586.27 in contributions and spent a total of $31,884.63.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Levi E. Ibarra $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Phillip G. Tabera $10,449.00 $7,036.17 $3,412.83
Meredith Ibarra $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Eva Marie Martinez $12,950.00 $9,635.00 $3,315.00
Kimberly Morales $1094.00 $2,187.45 -$1,094.45
Lila Cann $8,975.00 $3,777.69 $5,197.31
Fernando R. Elizondo $29,611.27 $28,106.94 $1,504.33

Endorsements

Phillip Tabera, Evamarie Martinez and Lila Cann received official endorsements from the Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers and district chapter of the California School Employees Association.[7] Fernando R. Elizondo received official endorsements from Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Central Coast Builders Association and Salinas Valley Leadership Group.[8]

Past elections

2011

In 2011, three seats on the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees were unopposed. Patty Padilla, Kathryn Ramirez and Cheryl Larison won these elections by default.

What was at stake?

Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. One seat was up for election in Trustee Areas 2, 3, 5 and 7. No candidates filed for the Trustee Area 2 seat.

Issues

Recent improvement

Salinas Union High School District earned $2.7 million from the state of California in order to implement the new Common Core standards. The district has also seen increases in graduation rates and decreases in dropout rates, while offering employee groups and administrators pay raises. Music and art classes are now offered in every school. The district is also experiencing an increase in enrollment that will require the district to decide whether they will build a fifth high school.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Salinas Union High School District election in 2013:[10]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Monterey County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for Community College Board of Directors and the Water Management District.[11]

See also

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